Weekly Top 5: How to Pick the Perfect Sunnies
My future is so bright, I have to wear shades.
No seriously, I cannot see without sunglasses. My eyes immediately water and I become disoriented the minute the UV rays hit my sensitive little retinas. It’s this weird pecularity that I can’t quite explain, but because of it, I almost always have sunglasses on hand.
Sadly, Tennessee winters often mean gray days (endless amounts of graaaaaay daaaaays) and I can get by without them, but now that spring is here, my crippling dependency is back – time to make sure I have sunglasses on hand at all times! But there are SO MANY CHOICES, and I have to make sure they look good on my face (it’s not vanity, it’s sensibility!) and fit my budget. So below are top five things to take into consideration when you purchase some new sunnies this spring.
There are several different shapes, and what you like may or may not look good on you because it really hinges on the shape of your face. Now, if you don’t care if your shades look good on you, by all means, grab those aviators and get on with your bad self. But if you want to look good rocking your sunglasses, take your face shape into account when you pick out your newest accessory. Here is a general rule of thumb for face shape and lens selection.
If your face shape is round, look for square or more aviator shaped glasses. Round or circle glasses might make your face look even more round. Think cat eye or square aviator styles.
If your face shape is square, look for rounded shades. Softer lines will help make your face look less angular. Thinner rims are also a plus.
(So basically, if you are square faced or round faced, pick the opposite shape to help balance out you out. Got it?)
If your face shape is oval, look for frames that aren’t wider than your face. The good news is, an oval shaped face can rock almost all styles, so if you see a pair and you like it, be like Ariana Grande and take it.
If your face is heart shaped, it’s best to pick a shape that actually mimics the heart shape of you face, like a classic aviator. Round and oval shapes can work well too, just remember if your features are small, don’t go too big on your glasses. (Unless you are trying to hide too much wine from the night before, which I totally feel you on!)
Colored, mirrored, polarized. As if choosing shape weren’t enough, now you have to decide what kind of lens you want to rock. There’s you’re basic black tinted lenses, which are always safe – but some are transparent and some aren’t, so think about that. Then there are lenses tinted with other colors – pink, purple, blue. Then there are mirrored lenses, which can be fun. Another more important decision is if you want polarized lenses, which reduces light glare and makes your vision better, but it also increases the amount of money it takes out of your pocket.
I know I mentioned polarized above, but that is different than UV protection. UV protection means the lenses are blocking out the UV rays, which means your precious retina’s will be saved from macular degeneration, cataracts, and astigmatisms. Most sunglasses have a label or a sticker that says “100% UV Protection” and it can be found in the cheapest to the most expensive options.
Gone are the days of your classic black shades. Tortoise shell is a popular finish, as is white, pink, blue, rainbow – seriously, any color you want, you can find. You can also pick metal – gold or silver, as well as some that have bling, maybe a logo, maybe not.
Speaking of logos…if you want to rock Gucci or Chanel, expect to pay a lot more than that pair of Foster Grants you picked up at Target. Look, I am not putting down anything from Target, that is my happy place. But if you can’t find the perfect pair there, or you want to increase your spend a tad, places like Madewell or J.Crew might be worth checking out. And if you feel comfortable spending a little north of that, then get yourself a pair of Ray Bans. They are always in style. I tend to be a high/low kind of girl – when I’m with my kids I love my $7 Wayfarer-style shades from Pinewood, and when I’m just me being me, I have a pair of Tom Ford sunglasses that makes me feel like a million bucks.